If you’re a motorcycle rider, you may already know this, but it is possible to ride your bike during cold winter weather. By preparing your bike and yourself for the icy temps, you can enjoy riding the roads all year round. At Joe’s Auto Sales, we recommend following these tips to make sure you stay warm, dry, and safe while riding this winter season.

What You Need to Know About Riding a Motorcycle in Winter

Winter Preparations 

Many motorcycles work best in each season except the coldest one — winter. Fluids, like oil and transmission fluid, perform better in warmer weather. Winter temperatures can result in these fluids becoming thicker and running much more slowly through your motorcycle’s engine. If your bike struggles to start in the winter, you may need to replace the engine oil with a thinner one, or you may need a new battery created specifically for cold weather.

Along with making preparations for your motorcycle, you also need to prepare yourself for riding in the cold temps. Riding a motorcycle automatically makes you at risk for cold weather hazards like frostbite and hypothermia. Consider wearing insulated or heavyweight riding clothes, like coats, boots, and gloves. Heated gear and equipment are also available as well as full-face helmets that have anti-fog visors.

Winter Riding Tips

While riding a motorcycle can be more difficult during the winter, following these steps will keep you safe and warm.

  • Slow down: Icy roads mean less traction on the road. Driving slower gives you more control in hazardous conditions.
  • Back away: Leave more room between you and the driver in front of you. This will increase the amount of time you have to react.
  • Be visible: Snowy weather creates less visibility. Turn your lights on during the day and consider wearing high-visibility yellow or orange gear.

Get Approved for a Used Motorcycle Today

Joe’s Auto Sales has used motorcycles for sale in our South Indianapolis lot, in addition to used cars, used trucks, and used SUVs. We gladly serve Franklin, Greensburg, Shelbyville, Greenwood, and all surrounding communities. When you’re ready to purchase a used motorcycle, contact Joe’s at (317) 756-9180

Source: “Riding a Motorcycle in Winter.” Web article. Progressive. Web. 20 Dec. 2022.